We think buildings should holistically address energy, water, materials, and waste systems. As part of Green Building United, our education and advocacy efforts are uniquely rooted in a net positive philosophy - focused on functional built environments that are aesthetically pleasing and cohesive with surrounding landscapes.
Green Building United’s Living Future Community Council is actively focused on addressing regional issues and offering local educational events. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 4:00 - 6:00 pm ET, unless otherwise stated. If you are interested in joining, please contact Co-Facilitators, Kristen Suzda and Jason Curtis, for meeting access details. All knowledge and experience levels are welcome!
Co-Facilitators: Jason Curtis and Kristen Suzda
Wolfram Arendt | Amy Cornelius | Kate Flint | Michelle Jordan | Scott Kelly | Drew Lavine | Chris Lee | Charles Loomis | Justin Lyon | Lisa Shulock | Natalie Walker | Tracy Miller | Shelby Aldrich | Sangeetha Sambandam | Uma Pattarkine
Inspired by the Living Building Challenge* (LBC) out of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the Living Future Community started as the Living Building Challenge - Philadelphia Collaborative before uniting under Green Building United's umbrella in 2017. Since then, our work has expanded beyond LBC to include other ILFI standards and holistic, regenerative, and net positive policies and practices.
Together, the Living Future Community:
*New to the Living Building Challenge? Learn the basics!
Click here for photos of our 2022 summer social.
If you want to help develop educational offerings around living buildings, regeneration, and more - as conference sessions, webinars, networking, and other formats - this opportunity is for you. This volunteer commitment is flexible and can support single or ongoing educational events in a variety of formats.
In 2018, volunteers from our Living Future Community set out to educate young people about sustainable design as a way to “sow the fields for the future.” The first ever high school course structured around the holistic sustainability framework of Living Building Challenge was pioneered with Upper Dublin High School that year and is now entering its third curriculum year!
In this Holzchat interview, hosted by Green Building United members Ilka Cassidy and Steve Hessler, the Living Future Community’s initiative co-chair Drew Lavine and Upper Dublin High School Environmental Science Teacher Erin Loch discuss how this experiment in sustainability education came to be and where it is headed next.